Wednesday, February 24, 2010

How to Get Into the Hosting Business For Free

Web hosting is a great business, as long as you can stay away from infinite tech support work, 24/7 expectations and data center costs. What if you could avoid all the hassles and be able to offer hosting without being on the hook for personally providing unlimited 24/7 support?

That's where Reseller's Panel comes in. Reseller's Panel provides hosting, a hosting sales website for you to use to sell hosting, video tutorials and more.

Here's how the Reseller's Panel program works:
  1. Sign Up.
  2. Set up your own hosting store (you can us a template or build one using the Reseller's Panel API). Here's what mine looks like.
  3. Promote your store.
  4. Watch the profits come rolling or trickling in.
What makes Reseller's Panel special is the fact they provide the five keys to success in hosting:
  • Unlimited free technical support.
    Customers have someone to call, chat online with who will take care of their problems.
  • Self-Service Learning
    Incredibly good video tutorials to help your customers.
  • Flexible Options
    Dedicated server, Virtual Private Servers and share hosting.
  • Complete and Professional Billing
    An online billing system with included credit card processing.
  • All the Latest Features
    An up to date point and click control panel for your users that gives your users tools like a website builder, email account management, and on click installation of applications like WordPress, Joomla, Drupal, Oscommerce, and even Forum software.
The big question is how much money do you make with? It depends on how you set your pricing and who you sell to. In my case, I simply suggested a few web developer friends use it, and every month, I get between $75-150. I average right at about $110 per month. In the case of a web developer I referred in, he's selling 5-8 new accounts per month and is making much more than I (I still get paid a little for each account he sells). Not a bad return over three years with maybe four hours of effort.